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Our son with Down syndrome brings us a unique kind of joy

“Your child has a 99.9% chance of being born with Down syndrome. You have two choices, and you legally have a week to decide.” This...
Mom playing blocks with her autistic son

“The story of my son with special needs”

When my son was born, he was perfect! He had 10 fingers and 10 toes, and was a healthy full-term baby! He was such an...

Not all autistic people are good at maths and science – despite the stereotypes

Despite increased awareness of autism and the impact it can have on people’s lives, many autistic people continue to struggle against misleading stereotypes. Being autistic,...

How to explain special needs to a child

The White Paper 6 of 2001 brought with it a new awareness of difference and diversity. Instead of having separate schools or classrooms for...

Autism is just the correct spelling for awesome!

I am a mother of a four-year-old autistic boy. Since Reuben’s diagnosis, I work around the clock to try and help him improve his...

Can you raise an autistic child to be bilingual – and should you try?

Diagnosed with autism and delayed language development, five-year-old Jose lives with his bilingual English-Spanish family in the UK. In addition to all the important...

My Down syndrome child

Verity Farrell and her late husband decided not to have the standard chromosome tests when she fell pregnant with her fifth child at the...

The ADHD brain versus a ‘normal’ brain

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a buzz phrase that is often used to describe children (and adults) who can’t sit still. But what...

Extreme stress in childhood is toxic to your DNA

The real danger of separating children from parents is not the psychological stress – it’s the biological time bomb. The screaming and crying, the...
special needs child playing with toy

4 ways creativity can help children with special needs

Whether it’s a child with visual impairment, Down syndrome, autism or any other condition, every child has a different need but they can all...